Richard Grossman

Position: Population Matters!


Remembering the faces of childhood malnutrition

For me, hunger has very real faces. There are Miguel and Van, and a woman whose name I have forgotten. In 1968, while in medical school, I spent a summer in Nicaragua on the Caribbean coast....

DATE: Aug. 24, 2013 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Join me in the celebration of my 70th birthday

I’ve lived more than half my life here in La Plata County and have reached a milestone. This month I turned 70. My only sibling, Clara, died too young at age 71, although our parents both lived to...

DATE: July 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Time to officially repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery

After showing the film “Two Who Dared” about the Sharps, a Unitarian couple who saved thousands of children from the Nazis, Charlie Clements asked for questions. I stood and asked what current...

DATE: June 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Changed Puerto Rico has its population under control

This story started 30 years ago when we lived in Puerto Rico. Actually, the real beginning was 15 years before that, in Nicaragua. We returned to Puerto Rico this spring after a three-decade...

DATE: May 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Help stop the slaughter by keeping your cat indoors

Two months ago, I wrote about finding a family of cats along the trail in the Galápagos Islands. The beautiful kittens would grow up to be murderers of vulnerable animals such as the rare species...

DATE: April 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Population Matters

In the Galápagos, ordinary cats are the exotic species

We had just seen a Galápagos hawk soaring overhead when we heard an incongruous sound; here were cats mewing beside the path. I caught a glimpse of a tabby kitten with the bluest eyes.“I like cats”...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Society and the law need to respect women’s choices

“What does a woman want?” – Sigmund FreudFreud’s question obviously has many answers. Some women are happy with their role as wife and mother, the picture that some men still have of “the perfect...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2013 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Say goodbye to Lonesome George, the last of his kind

“Whatever happens to this single animal, let him always remind us that the fate of all living things on Earth is in human hands.”– Wording on information panel beside Lonesome George’s penThe last...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Celebrating 100 years of a remarkable woman’s life

Recently, I went to an unusual birthday party, for a woman who turned 100 years old on the 12th of this month. The party was held in advance of her real birthday because she wasn’t sure that she...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Contraception must be part of improved health care

Quick, how many children does each of the presidential and vice presidential candidates have?I knew that Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters, but I had to search to find out about the...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Register your opposition to the Village at Wolf Creek

Earlier this month, I went where I had been told that there were pikas, the cold-loving relatives of rabbits, near the Wolf Creek Ski Area. I saw one little critter harvesting grasses for the...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

Help broadcast message about overpopulation threat

We were leaving one of Durango’s fine restaurants when the maître d’ engaged me in conversation.“Aren’t you the person who writes for the newspaper?”“Yes” I replied.Then he said something such as...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Population Matters

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